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"I wrote my screenplays in the hills behind Perth..."

 

 

Biography

AWARDS AND HONORS

1980, 1979, 1976 Represented Western Australia at the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference in Canberra

1982 Writer-in-Residence, Hampden High School, Perth

1984 Senior Writing Fellowship, Literature Board of the Australia Council

1985 Western Australian delegate to the inaugural National Screenwriters’ Conference, Melbourne

1979 Playwright in Residence at the National Theatre, Perth

 

EDUCATION

1967 M.A. History, Cambridge University, England

1962 B.A. (Honors) History, Cambridge University, ( Girton College) England

1958 A and S levels in history, English, Latin and art, Godolphin School, Salisbury, England

 

EMPLOYMENT

1987-2001 The Pennsylvania State University
Associate Professor, taught playwriting, screenwriting and feature journalism at the undergraduate and graduate level
University Fulbright Program Adviser
Academic Officer, Education Abroad Programs
Director, Undergraduate Fellowships Office. Recruited Penn State’s first two Rhodes Scholars.

1986-1987 Play assessor for the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference ( Canberra)

1982-1987 Script assessor for the West Australian Film Council

1979-1981 Public relations officer, Festival of Perth

1974-1987 Freelance playwright and screenwriter, supported by grants from the West Australian Film Council, the Australian Film Council and the Australian Literature Board.

1964-1987 Freelance journalist, contributing to The Times (London), The Sunday Times (London), The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, The National Times (Australia), The West Australian, The Western Mail (Perth), The Sunday Times (Perth), The New Zealand Herald, etc.

1962-1964 Trained as a journalist on The Times Educational Supplement (London)
General reporting and sub-editing. Special subjects: sport, educational technology, social issues, the arts and religious education.